To paint or not to paint? This is a very popular question – we get this question almost every time we meet with sellers. Get started by taking a look around to evaluate your home. You have one chance to make a first impression and it really needs to count. Our market offers lots of options for Buyers, and making your home appealing to most Buyers will give you the best advantage when it comes to reviewing offers.
Let’s start outside the home first. Take a quick look around and consider how the entrance to your home looks. Ask yourself, “Is it going to make the Buyer feel welcome?” Besides sprucing up the yard, take a look at your mailbox, fencing, lamp post and entry door. Make sure each of them look their best, and if not, a fresh coat of paint will do the trick. Remember: if you have an HOA, choose colors your HOA will allow.
We highly recommend Benjamin Moore paint. They offer an amazing product – the application, the durability, and the longevity of it’s hundreds of color choices are just the beginning. Take a look at a few colors you might consider for your home:
When a Buyer enters the home, we want them to feel neutral so they are not distracted by someone else’s personal style. They should see your walls as a blank canvas, so they can begin to imagine their paintings on the wall next to their dining room set. Neutral can sound boring, but it does not have to be! Check out our top two favorite colors: Barley and Carrington Beige.
Barley has a touch of yellow tint to it, and this can create warmth in the home.
We also love Carrington Beige because it pairs well with cooler colors such as grays.
Paint is such a simple way to give you – The Seller – that competitive edge. The more Buyers who can visualize themselves living in the home, the more often you have a chance at being the home they want to write a contract on. Ideally, appealing to more than just one Buyer can result in receiving multiple offers. This can often put the Seller in a position of strength when it comes to negotiating a strong offer with the highest price and the least amount of contingencies.
So the answer to that question is YES, definitely consider painting your home prior to listing it for sale. You want your home to look its best and appeal to all types of Buyers, with all types of styles!
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